Compostela Group of Universities organises the lecture ‘Reflections on the future of Europe’ in collaboration with the University of Santiago de Compostela and Xunta de Galicia
The president of the Institute of European Studies of the CEU-San Pablo University and president of honor of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Marcelino Oreja Aguirre, reflected on the future of Europe today at the Center for Advanced Studies (CEA) of the University of Santiago de Compostela.
The Foreign Minister in the first legislature of democracy described himself as a “dreamer” of Europe and assured that he is convinced of its future. In order to move towards this future, Oreja Aguirre emphasized the relevance of “constructing a social oriented Europe”. A Europe that “must stop the increase of inequalities”, he added.
In his speech he called for a Europe that was "relevant" for the citizen, who "rebels against existing disaffection", something that in his opinion passes through a greater democratic quality and clearer competences. "If the Europeans want to live under the same roof they must renounce to a part of their sovereignty," he assured.
When introducing the conference, the Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Juan Viaño Rey, pointed that “the challenge now is to unite the Europeans around a common goal, to take them in the same direction, as the Camino de Santiago has been doing for centuries”. In his speech, the President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Marek Kreglewski, talked about the similarities between Europe and the CGU. The non-profit association “was born in Santiago de Compostela to promote in Higher Education the European Values of cooperation and integration around the Camino de Santiago”, he explained.
Reflecting about the future of Europe, the Secretary General for Universities of Xunta de Galicia, Jose Alberto Díez de Castro, considered that "in this crisis of roles in the process of European construction it is necessary to recover the practical values of citizenship".